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  1. José R. Ortega
    February 15, 2014

    Damn! That doesn’t clarify a thing. I think is only fair to say that The Lone Ranger is not going to win, and I believe Dallas Buyers Club has it in the bag, but as awful as Bad Grandpa is as a film, we cannot count it out.

    There’s a large tradition of nominating truly bad films in this category (Life, Norbit, Bad Grandpa) which I think is great because that means the Academy is actually rewarding the best achievement in make up and not the film itself.

  2. Dave L
    February 15, 2014

    How did The Butler win best contemporary make-up and American Hustle win best period make-up despite American Hustle being set LATER IN TIME than most of The Butler…
    ?!?!???

  3. JPNS Viewer
    February 15, 2014

    [Best ##Contemporary Hair Styling] I guess the last part of Act * (##2008 […] Campaign and when someone is preparing himself to meet one certain person at that place) must have been truly amazing for the voters . . . .

    Good on them . . . . . . . . . . . .

  4. Natasha
    February 16, 2014

    I agree–this doesn’t clarify anything–and I don’t think anyone thought it would–as far as the big picture. I do think it’s safe to say that there were “things” this group liked about both Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle, which can’t hurt those two movies….

  5. Al Robinson
    February 16, 2014

    “How did The Butler win best contemporary make-up and American Hustle win best period make-up despite American Hustle being set LATER IN TIME than most of The Butler…
    ?!?!???”

    Whoa!! Good catch there. :-)

    IDK either.

  6. Sato
    February 16, 2014

    “How did The Butler win best contemporary make-up and American Hustle win best period make-up despite American Hustle being set LATER IN TIME than most of The Butler…
    ?!?!???”

    Maybe because of the make-up at the end of The Butler, old Whitaker and Oprah which was set in contemporary time? Not sure on this though…

  7. WW
    February 16, 2014

    This is what I appreciate about the Makeup and Hairstyling branch: They hold a ”bakeoff,” where movies submit their clips and focus on the work. (The special effects folks do the same thing.) Movies don’t have to be critically acclaimed or box-office hits to be recognized, which is why the makeup artists can single out the nifty work in ”Bad Grandpa” and ”The Lone Ranger.” On the other hand, you would NEVER see the actors’ branch single out a terrific performance in a movie that’s been largely panned or flopped at the box office. (Can anyone think of one?) Sometimes, I feel like the Oscar nominations of other branches are lazy. Like sheep, they make their picks, based on the consensus best-picture nominees, or they nominate from a small circle of industry favorites who seem to singled out year after year. (Which makes it hard for newcomers to break in, say, for Best Score.)

    I realize I’m in the micro-minority, but I enjoyed ”Lone Ranger” more than most, so I’m happy it got nominations for its Makeup/Hairstyling and Special Effects. (And its climactic train sequence, set to the rousing ”William Tell Overture,” was a tour de force of editing; props to James Haygood and Craig Wood.)

    But why is the Makeup/Hairstyling category that only one limited to 3 nominees? Surely, it can’t be due to the lack of award-worthy work. Visual effects used to have only 3, but now they get 5 slots. Why not Makeup/Hairstyling, too? If it were me, I might’ve given the 4th and 5th slots to ”Rush” (for the burn work on Daniel Bruhl) and ”American Hustle” (for all the ’70s hairstyling).

    By the way, has anyone else noticed how much more prominent the Makeup nominees are this year in Oscar campaigning? Especially ”Bad Grandpa.” I’ve seen online ads (showing Johnny Knoxville’s transformation) and a full-page ad in Variety. Also, a two-page ad spread for ”Lone Ranger.” I’m assuming ”Dallas Buyers Club” will win the Academy Award for Makeup because more Oscar voters have seen it. Also, I’m not sure they’re ready to declare that a Johnny Knoxville movie about pranking people is an ”Oscar winner!”

  8. joe
    February 16, 2014

    Dallas buyers club has this one in the bag.

  9. representDLV
    February 16, 2014

    I agree about The Lone Ranger. It really wasn’t that bad. For me, the problem was with Johnny Depp’s character. Was Tonto supposed to be wise or ridiculous? There was no consistency in his character and that became distracting through out the whole movie.

  10. Gregoire
    February 16, 2014

    I can’t be the only person rooting for ‘Bad Grandpa’, am I? Knoxville actually had to wear the stuff in real life and fool people with it. It had to act as both film makeup and as stage craft.

    I like when the Academy recognizes individual contributions in films that aren’t any good. In fact, I’d say that was supposed to be their job, instead of essentially evaluating only 9-10 films a year.

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